Henry Cavill, who has played Superman in three films, is parting ways with Warner Bros., sources tell The Hollywood Reporter.
Warners had been trying to enlist Cavill, who most recently co-starred in Mission: Impossible — Fallout, for a Superman cameo in Shazam!, which stars Zachary Levi and will bow April 5. But contract talks between Cavill’s WME reps and Warners broke down, and the door is now closing on other potential Superman appearances.
That’s because the studio has shifted its focus to a Supergirl movie, which will be an origin story featuring a teen superheroine. This effectively removes an actor of Cavill’s age from the storyline’s equation given that Superman, aka Kal-El, would be an infant, according to DC lore.
Furthermore, Warners isn’t likely to make a solo Superman film for at least several years, according to another source. “Superman is like James Bond, and after a certain run you have to look at new actors,” says a studio source. As such, Cavill will join Ben Affleck, who isn’t expected to reprise his role for director Matt Reeves’ forthcoming Batman stand-alone film, as a hero on the way out.
Henry Cavill is no longer playing Superman because DC sucks and Henry Cavill knows it. We probably should’ve seen this coming when DC had to CGI off the mustache that Cavill grew for Mission Impossible considering it was very clear that to Cavill, Mission Impossible was a higher priority and more important film franchise than Justice League in which he was the main character.
They asked him to be in Shazam and he was like ‘lol I’m busy’. This is like when you try to make plans with a girl and she says ‘I’m tired’ but then you go on Snapchat and she spends the night posting stories of her having the time of her life at the club.
The worst part is DC talking themselves into believing that they can make DC movies without Superman. Supergirl is one of my favorite heroes and I hope that movie is great but she is not a replacement for the Man of Steel. The attitude of ‘well, we’re making Supergirl so we don’t need a Superman movie’ is the reason why DC movies have gone off the rails.
You make Man of Steel. It’s a solid C grade. Instead of making a Man of Steel 2, a movie that they desperately needed to get people back into both the character and the world you’re trying to build, you say ‘fuck it’ and make Batman V. Superman, a solid F grade movie.
And now DC is saying that Superman is a character that should be recast like James Bond. What? If Marvel had multiple Iron Man’s, they wouldn’t have made it to Avengers 4. I’m pretty sure Ben Affleck is gone too so basically half of Justice League 2 will look different from the original movie.
Plus, Henry Cavill is a gigantic handsome man. I dare you to cast a better Superman. Can’t wait to see Jim from The Office wearing a cape. Actually yea, just turn these movies into comedies now. You tried and you blew it, DC.
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